A loan of $1,175 helped purchase a photocopying machine & additional merchandise.


Alba Pastora's story

Alba Pastora M. A. is a 51 year old woman who lives with two of her three children. The community of Canalete, which is located in Upala in the province of Alajuela, is a semi-mountainous area and known for being a center of agriculture and livestock farming. It is a community that has great potential for development and establishment of microenterprises, in both agribusiness and trade.


With the desire to improve her family’s living conditions, Doña Alba looked at different alternatives for generating income. Over a year ago, she started a bazaar-bookstore out of her home where she offers various types of paper and office supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks, and glue. She also provides photocopying services. Her business has done very well and has been widely received because no other place provides this type of service.


At the moment, Doña Alba is requesting a loan of 680,000 colones to buy a photocopying machine and additional merchandise to increase her inventory. She expects her micro-business to grow and generate more income so that she can improve her living conditions.


Doña Alba is a member of the Canalete Community Credit Enterprise, one of the 100 partner organizations affiliated with EDESA in Costa Rica. This is her fourth loan and she hopes to continue growing personally and economically. She is an active participant in her community’s credit organization.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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